SINGAPORE, 25 January – MERCY Relief, Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency, is continuing with relief distribution operations with ground partners in Albay, Bicol, Philippines (Luzon island). Our ground partner has confirmed that Mount Mayon has erupted. The number of evacuees has increased to approximately 60,000 overnight. Even with 66 evacuation centres, there is still overcrowding due to the influx of evacuees. There are reports of limited food supplies and hygiene items. Due to the nature of the disaster, these affected communities may remain in the centres for the next 2-4 months.

Nutrition is key during these times. Mercy Relief continues to support the provision of hot meals through our ground partner, targeting at reaching more than 2,000 evacuees. Attached are photos from our relief distribution operations and Community Kitchens in Camalig and Daraga. Please credit them accordingly: Photo credit: TABI / Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief’s Executive Director Zhang Tingjun said, “In spite of their personal struggles to cope with the disaster, it has been heart-warming to see so many evacuees coming forward to volunteer at our Community Kitchens set up at the evacuation centres.  We have great respect for the resilience of our Filipino friends and their resolve to support relief efforts wherever possible.”

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